GMAT List 16 Usual Status 1 – 75 Words

humid

containing or characterized by a great deal of water vapor

inclement

severe, of weather

meteorologist

a specialist who studies processes in the earth’s atmosphere that cause weather conditions

precipitate

bring about abruptly

precipitation

the falling to earth of any form of water

smog

air pollution by a mixture of smoke and fog

stratosphere

atmospheric layer between the troposphere and the mesosphere

amber

a hard yellowish to brownish translucent fossil resin

hail

precipitation of ice pellets

atmosphere

the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body

aurora

bands of light caused by charged solar particles

avalanche

a slide of large masses of snow, ice and mud down a mountain

blast

a sudden very loud noise

crater

a bowl-shaped geological formation at the top of a volcano

deluge

a heavy rain

ecology

the environment as it relates to living organisms

glacier

a slowly moving mass of ice

granite

plutonic igneous rock having visibly crystalline texture

hurricane

a severe tropical cyclone usually with heavy rains and winds

commonplace

completely ordinary and unremarkable

orthodox

adhering to what is commonly accepted

routine

an unvarying or habitual method or procedure

abnormal

not typical or usual or regular

anomalous

deviating from the general or common order or type

exotic

characteristic of another place or part of the world

extraterrestrial

originating, located, or occurring outside Earth

heretical

departing from accepted beliefs or standards

infrequent

not occurring regularly or at short intervals

inverse

turned backward in order or nature or effect

lopsided

having one side lower or smaller or lighter than the other

miracle

a marvelous event brought about by a divine being

novelty

originality by virtue of being refreshingly new

paranormal

not in accordance with or able to be explained by science

unconventional

not conforming to standards

unpredictable

unknown in advance

realistic

aware or expressing awareness of things as they are

untenable

incapable of being defended or justified

slip

move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner

accidental

happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally

arbitrary

based on or subject to individual discretion or preference

contingent

determined by conditions or circumstances that follow

haphazard

dependent upon or characterized by chance

unbridled

not restrained or controlled

accurate

characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth

literal

limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text

sophisticated

having worldly knowledge and refinement

adversary

someone who offers opposition

adverse

in an opposing direction

antagonism

an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility

antithesis

exact opposite

foe

an armed adversary

hostile

characterized by enmity or ill will

ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

blur

confuse or make unclear

equivocal

open to two or more interpretations

loom

a textile machine for weaving yarn into a textile

obscure

not clearly understood or expressed

potential

existing in possibility

vague

lacking clarity or distinctness

appreciable

enough to be estimated or measured

clarify

make clear by removing impurities or solids, as by heating

explicit

precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable

express

communicate beliefs or opinions

manifestation

a clear appearance

patent

a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

pronounce

speak or utter in a certain way

remarkable

unusual or striking

specific

stated explicitly or in detail

balance

harmonious arrangement or relation of parts within a whole

bias

a partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue

equilibrium

a stable situation in which forces cancel one another

marginalize

relegate to a lower or outer edge, as of groups of people

stabilize

support and make steadfast

tendency

an inclination to do something

tilt

lean over; tip
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